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SANAGI TRANSFORM DRESS

While on the subject of linen, I have to mention about my discovery of a brand new linen yarn to the market by ShibuiKnits yarn company. Shibui Linen is a linen yarn with a chainette construction that comes in array of vibrant and lots of neutral colors and I was lucky enough to grab a bag of it for my new “transformer” knitwear design.
When trying to make the right yarn choice it contained all the necessary properties that linen usually does plus a range to work with – single or double or even triple stranded. This certainly opens up more options for one to experiment with this linen.


Today I am very excited to share my new design – Sanagi Dress.
Originally inspired by a skirt I have designed for Ori Ami KnitsAirfoil skirt – Sanagi embodies bigger and more wearable garment with a range of styling looks.

When sides become swinging neckline.

Neckline becomes armhole, while sides create a decorative pleat in the front and the back.

Tied in the back, a la Apron Dress.

With I-cords tied on the inside, creating a more straight silhouette.


And many many more!..

When Sanagi design was being planned I started by wanting it be worn at least three different ways but upon my progress I have discovered that this idea is expandable by implementing several notions. There are at least 10 styling looks presented at the moment, but I am sure you can explore and find even more.

Constructed to be worked in the round, seamlessly, the fabric is completely reversible! You may want to have circular needles in 2 different lengths to make it easier for you to try it on as you go. And imagine instead of buying 1 pattern that will only look 1 certain way, here is one that yields at least 10 different ways. You don’t have to like every single one of them, but you can find several ones that suit your taste and body shape the best.

And to know how to wrap all those particular styles I have created a styling video where you can practice and learn all the Sanagi ways.

Pattern Specs:

LEVEL
Beginner
TO FIT BUST
0-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42-44, 46-48, 50-52, 54-56)”
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Around bust 68 (76, 84, 92, 100, 108, 116)”
YARN
ShibuiKnits Linen (100% linen; 246yds/225m; 1.76oz/50g):
7 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins in Graphite #2002
OR 1576 (1772, 1970, 2166, 2364, 2560, 2758) yds of any other fingering weight yarn (to be worked held double)
OR 788 (886, 985, 1083, 1182, 1280, 1379) yds of any other worsted weight yarn (to be worked as single strand)
OTHER SUGGESTED YARNS
1 strand
Louet Euroflax Sport
2 strands
Habu Textiles A-1 Tsumugi Silk
Habu Textiles XS-55 Linen or Habu Textiles A-174 Cotton Gima
NEEDLES
US 7 (4.5 mm) circulars 29”, 47”, and 60”
US 7 (4.5 mm) dpns (for I-cord)
GAUGE
18 sts and 26 rnds in 4”/10cm over St st swatch worked in the round with yarn double stranded

Buy via Ravelry
USD 10.00

Giveaway Alert!!!
Fun times ahead!
Lucky 3 commenters would receive a copy of Sanagi dress pattern pdf.
But only 1 of the lucky three will ALSO get Shibui Linen yarn  enough to make Sanagi dress in their size!!!


How to enter this giveaway:
Leave a comment for this post below by midnight on Saturday EST, August 25th, 2012.
AND
Like Olgajazzy page on Facebook or Follow olgajazzydesign on Twitter
Winners will be drawn on Sunday, August 26th!
ETA: Please include your Rav ID or email to contact you. 


GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY KNITTING!
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Baby turtle shell

Loom Knitted “Baby Turtle Shell & Hat” made by Darlene Bordon. Photos courtesy of Roxanne Marie Photography.

Darlene Bordon, one of my blog readers, contacted me at the end of April and said that someone wanted her to make a turtle shell back and matching hat for a photo prop – similar to this picture. Since she doesn’t crochet, but does loom knit, Darlene thought my Baby Gran Hexagon pattern would work just fine and she mainly needed advice on how to seam the hexagonal motifs together. I suggested that she use either the mattress stitch or whip stitch. Lion Brand also as an excellent photo tutorial that has become my favorite on How to Invisibly Seam Granny Squares
As you can see, Darlene’s loom knitted Baby Turtle Shell & Hat worked great! A big “Thank You!!!” to both Darlene and Roxanne Marie Photography for sharing these precious photos and their creativity.
Here is an overall shot of just the Baby Turtle Shell & Hat:

If you have pictures of projects you have made from my patterns that you would like to share, please contact me.
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Lovely loopy flowers

Red Loopy Flower with leaves added as a hair accessory.

Yahoo’s LoomClass Group
is just finishing up a class that features my Patriot Pin from last year and I thought I would share with you a pattern that sort of evolved from that pattern called the Loopy Flower pattern. I made a couple of these for my husband’s mother and aunt for Mother’s Day brooches in white Homespun and lavender worsted weight.

Loopy Flowers as Mother’s Day brooches

Then I got carried away experimenting with different techniques, yarns and alternate color combinations. Originally, I called this particular style of flowers “Hawaiian Star Flowers” because of the pretty color combinations and shape.
Hawaiian Starflowers
I was going to include the instructions in this blog post, but I decided to write it up as Loopy Flower PDF. That way I can actually find it when I get ready to make more.

Now, go out and loom a yarny garden! 

Pink & White Loopy Flower

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Watermelon koozie

My Quick Can Koozies and Patriot Pin are currently being taught on the Yahoo LoomClass Group by Pat Hathaway, a friend and fellow loom knitter. She has done such a wonderful job and inspired me to knit myself a new koozie using a “watermelon” theme for my water bottles.
When I first designed this little project, I had no idea how useful a koozie would be. These things will keep a drink cold even when left in a hot car for half an hour or more. Since they are made with acrylic yarn, they do not absorb the condensation from the bottle. The condensation is contained evenly by the knit stitches on the surface of the bottle, held inside or partially evaporated through the stitches, so your koozie stays dry to the touch with absolutely no water rings. As you can see I had no qualms about sitting the koozied bottle on my $26 art book to snap a quick picture in the front seat of our SUV.
For the watermelon koozie, I followed the Quick Can Koozies pattern with the following changes:
  • Rnds 12-13: knit in Buff
  • Rnds 14-38: knit in Pixie Pink
  • Rnds 39-40: knit in Buff
  • Rnds 41-46: work garter stitches as described in the pattern for Rnds 38-43.
  • Bind off with the “Basic Bind Off using Holding Pegs” as described below. This is identical to the basic bind off, except after binding off a stitch you place it back on the peg. This holds the stitch in place and prevents the bind off edge from becoming too tight.    
 Basic Bind Off using Holding Pegs
  1. Knit pegs 1 & 2 (I use a flat knit stitch for this method, because e-wrap stitch is too loose).
  2. Shift the loop from peg-2 to peg-1; knit the bottom loop over the top loop.
  3. Lift the loop from peg-1 and place it on peg-2. Use the loom hook to grab the outer strand of yarn on the stitch just beneath the stitch on peg-2 (this is the stitch created by the bind off you just did on peg-1) and place this stitch back on peg-1. For this pattern you will leave the stitch on peg-1 and work the bind off again after peg-24. This prevents a gap from forming along the rim.
  4. Tighten the stitch on peg-2 (where the working yarn is located) and proceed to the next peg.
  5. Knit peg-3.
  6. Place the loop from peg-3 on peg-2 and knit the bottom loop over the top loop.
  7. Return the loop to peg-3; as in step 3 above, grab the outer strand of yarn on the stitch just beneath the stitch on peg-3 and place it back on the peg-2 – which becomes a “holding peg”. 
  8. Repeat the same procedure as outlined in steps 4-7, but this time after placing the loop on the “holding peg” (peg-3) you will remove the loop from the holding peg-2. Originally, I left all the loops on the holding pegs until the end of the row, but discovered that it stretched the bind off edge too much. By placing the loop on the holding peg and simultaneously removing the previous loop from the holding peg you will have just the right amount of stretch.    
  9. Repeat Step 8 until the end of the row.
  10. After binding off the last stitch, in this case it will be peg-1 again, wrap and knit once more; cut yarn and pull through the last loop to tie off bind off edge.
  11. Use a crochet hook to tidy up the ending yarn tail.

    I promise that you will absolutely love the way this bind off works – not too tight, not too loose

  • To finish up, I embroidered “seeds” using one strand of the chunky weight black yarn and the duplicate stitch. There should be three rows of six seeds per row, but I messed up and ended up with five seeds per row which threw everything off. Below is a chart that shows the correct placement of the seeds. You may decide to adjust spacing between the rows depending on how tall or short you make your koozie.

This bottle koozie is just a bit taller than the original, because it was made to fit the tall 17-20 ounce water bottles. This pattern is easy to customize for cans and smaller bottles by decreasing the rows. You can also make this same pattern using the 30-31 peg large gauge looms to fit 2-liter bottles and even add an I-cord or knitted handle similar to the this Lion Brand pattern, Americana Knitted Evaporative Beverage Cooler.

Complete pattern is available as a PDF by clicking below:
Watermelon Koozie PDF

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Bookmark exchange

Yahoo’s Markman Looms Group recently hosted a bookmark exchange for it’s members. My exchange partner was Yvonne Westover, who sent me not one, but three lovely bookmarks that she knitted on a loom she made herself. I absolutely love these bookmarks and wanted to share a photo of them with my blog readers (pictured above).

Pictured below are the two bookmarks that Yvonne received from me.

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Pile-o-puffs

  
The “Hexagonal Geopuffs” will arrive as a project on Yahoo’s LoomClass, Monday, May 14-26, 2012. These little motifs, designed for the 12-peg large gauge flower loom, were inspired by the beekeeper’s quilt hexipuffs, a needle knitting design by Stephanie Dosen of tiny owl knits. Both the Geopuffs and the Hexipuffs are reminiscent of Victorian Era biscuit or puff quits, which were made with individually stuffed square “puffs” and sewn together to make a quilt. Also, they can be left unstuffed and used a coaster.
Other than being six-sided puff motifs, the geopuffs and hexipuffs are a bit different. The original needle knitted hexipuffs are made from the bottom to the top on the knitting needles using sock yarn and require seaming. The loom knitted geopuffs are made from center-to-center using regular worsted weight yarn and require no seaming. Also, since the latter design is formed from the center outward, it tends to be more consistently symmetrical, and is a good alternative design for those of us who are not needle knitters. 
The term “geopuff” comes from the basic geometric shape. The hexagonal geopuff is the first in a series of geometric puff motifs that I hope to develop. These will include squares, rectangles, triangles and trapezoids.
Currently, the pattern will only be offered in outline format through LoomClass to accompany the explanations of the techniques which will be posted via the LoomClass message board. The complete tutorial pattern, which will include all the geometric puffs, will be available at a later date.

Hope to see you in class!! 

June 2012 UPDATE: 

 Hexagonal Geopuff Pattern with links to the YouTube video tutorial series is now available by clicking the pattern link in this announcement and in the Pattern Box in the right sidebar.

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LoomTech column in LKC

The 2012 Spring edition of the Loom Knitters’ Circle (LKC) e-zine is now available and packed full of creative patterns, features and other invaluable information. We even have our very own “loomy comics” called, Side Stitch, by a very talented young lady, Megan Dailey. (Note: past issues of LKC are available here.)
I’m always excited with the publication of each issue of LKC, but this current issue was very special to me. It was not only published on my birthday, April 15, but includes a new column that I will be writing called LoomTech. In each issue, I will focus on specific knitting techniques as they apply to the knitting looms and include a pattern that will allow the reader to “loom & learn” the featured technique. The current LoomTech article is “An introduction to slip-stitch knitting” as an easy way to add color to loom knitted projects. The slip-stitch technique is demonstrated with a project pattern dishcloth designed especially for the large gauge looms called “Bunnies in the Garden” (shown above). Once you get into the rhythm of the stitch pattern for this dishcloth, you can easily make one in about two hours (more or less). 
I would love to hear feedback and/or suggestions for future topics for the LoomTech column.

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Wild hares

Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land is the master of tiny knit creations and one of my favorite amigurumi artist.  Winners from her recent Tiny Baby Bunny Contest are currently being featured on the Mochimochi Blog. I did a loom knit version of her free Tiny Bunny pattern for the contest, but my time was limited and the competition was fierce. Never-the-less, these were such fun to make and easily converted to the loom.
My loom knit Tiny Bunnies were made using the 10-peg CindWood Thumb Loom and one strand of Red Heart Super Saver in assorted Easter colors. For the bunny’s body, I used the drawstring cast on, flat knit for ten rounds and did a gathered bind off. The I-cord ears were also done on the same thumb loom using two pegs. Otherwise, I basically followed the original pattern.
These are great if you need a quick “basket-stuffer” for Easter. 

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Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd

As usual, I’m always late, but I just discovered this last Friday “Light It Up Blue” as a symbol for World Autism Awareness Day. I had a battle with food poisoning over the weekend, so we only did simple LED blue light lanterns for the doorway this year. Next year will be better – I hope.

A sign of the times??
About.com states that, “Autism was first described as a unique disorder in the 1940s. In the early 1990s, autism diagnoses began to soar. In the 10 years between 1993 and 2003, the number of American schoolchildren with autism diagnoses increased by over 800%.”
The CDC Data and Statistics for Autism Spectrum Disorder indicates a rise in autism prevalence from 1 in 150 children in 2004 to 1 in 88 as of 2008. Please note that the data is for children whose birth year is 8 years prior to the surveillance year. So if I’m understanding this correctly, this does not include children born after the year 2000. If this is the case, the statistics may be an even higher ratio than indicated on the CDC data. Never the less, this is a tremendous increase from 1 to 2 in 10,000 in 1980. To sum it up, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States.
Get all the facts about autism from Autism Speaks.

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ARANAMI

The story for this design started 2 years ago. Believe it or not it is how long at times ideas have to sit inside a sketch book before they finally materialize. After Petal Halter design success I thought about working out a similar looking shape and incorporating it into a different type of a garment. And this design’s story is not particularly cheerful at the beginning. The design was turned down twice when I submitted it to be published elsewhere, but it lacked a secret ingredient which I have finally found last January…

Making the right yarn choice transformed the idea into a perfect marriage or you can call it some other epithet. But the yarn and colors made this shawl “sing”.
Actual patterning that takes place within the shawl can remind everyone of sometimes they know. Whether grey storm clouds, fish scales, even ceramic mosaic floor tiles and of course – as in a place where I live – of a traditional Seikai-ha print or sewn pattern of sashiko embroidery, fabric and prints.
To me personally the shawl reminded of winter ocean of Japan, stormy weather, foamy raging waves, greyness and obscurity of the horizon line between the sky and the water. That is why this shawl is named Aranami 荒波 (jap).- (n) stormy seas, raging waves.

After I made a swatch I did all necessary calculations to start on actual shawl sample and I LITERALLY couldn’t put it down.. It’s quite addictive really, portable and you just keep telling yourself – one more, 15 minutes later – one more.. then you start seeing color transition to aligning beautifully. I will admit I burned midnight oil while knitting on it couple of times but no regrets. Just wanting to finish the last color and tier… and take it all in!

I know I am going to be making a couple more of these. I want to explore more color families! Aranami is exciting to work on – being not overly complicated, relaxing garter stitch so you keep attention on shaping, yet it’s a pleasure to know that the shawl is reversible! My only suggestion would be, when picking up stitching instead of going between the last and the previous stitch as you would usually do, go inside the last stitch itself. That way the lines on the wrong side would be less bulky, they would be still outlined delicately.

I know I am in love and if you are not yet, be prepared to! Brooklyn Tweed LOFT has an amazing range of 32 heather shades. I used 5 colors, 1 skein of each color. So 5 skeins! But amazing yardage of LOFT actually will yield 2 shawls out of those 5 skeins. They will just have to be made in 2 different graduating color directions. Still it’s great usage of yarn and yardage! Remember there are several flagship stores in US that carry Brooklyn Tweed yarns at their locations.

Choosing colors together is a bit harder for some, so I have put together several LOFT color pairings to help. You can also order Brooklyn Tweed Shade Card and play with it for the colors you prefer.

My original Aranami was done in

Fossil, Snowbound, Sweatshirt, Soot, Cast Iron

And you can easily replace Fossil with Hayloft or Embers to create a sort of grellow or effect of sun setting/rising over grey seas or skies.. just an idea.

    

First column: Fossil, Woodsmoke, Barn Owl, Nest, Pumpernickel
Second column: Snowbound, Sweatshirt, Faded Quilt, Almanac, Old World
Third column: Faded Quilt, Stormcloud, Truffle Hunt, Meteorite, Pumpernickel

  

First Column: Embers, Wool Socks, Long Johns, Homemade Jam, Plume
Second Column: Postcard, Blanket Fort, Thistle, Plume, Old World

      

First Column: Hayloft, Sap, Fauna, Tent, Birdbook
Second Column: Sap, Tent, Birdbook, Artifact, Cast Iron
Third Column: Foothills, Tent, Birdbook, Artifact, Cast Iron

But you certainly don’t have to stick to these colors combos above, use your imagination to entertain other ombré pairings you can create with these colors.

Pattern specifications:
Level – Beginner Intermediate

Finished shawl measurements (blocked)
Depth 14”
Wingspan 67”

Yarn
Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% US Targhee-Columbia Wool; 275yds/50g): 1 skein each of “Fossil” (A), “Snowbound” (B), “Sweatshirt” (C), “Soot” (D), “Cast Iron” (E).
OR
any other fingering weight wool in colors
A: 6g or 33yds
B: 14g or 77yds
C: 22g or 121yds
D: 30g or 165yds
E: 38g or 209yds

Needle
US 2 (2.75mm), circular 36″ or longer

On Ravelry

USD 7.00

HAPPY KNITTING!!!

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